Retail Observer

July 2018

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JULY 2018 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 35 Thousands of hardware and home improvement professionals from throughout the industry gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 73rd edition of the National Hardware Show. Attendees and exhibitors alike had the chance to network, learn about new products and see the latest and greatest in industry trends. T he 2018 National Hardware Show was a successful one," says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. "With three busy days full of excitement and enthusiasm, we were thrilled to see such a great turnout and hope everyone left feeling inspired by the ideas, best practices, insights, and new connections made at the Show. It was inspiring for us to see so many industry professionals from across the country and all over the world gather together here at NHS." As always, a key focus for all who attended were new products—not only could retailers find the latest and greatest at the Show, but there were several featured areas where their latest innovations and developments were on display. "We're constantly looking for products for our electrical department," says Diana Newton, vice president of Bay Hardware in Seal Beach, California. "There are always improvements to be made there." SPECIALTY AREAS The Ultimate Backyard was a brand-new area that offered a chance for attendees to find the latest and greatest outdoor living products in their natural environment: outdoors! Fiberbuilt Umbrellas featured their product in this new display. "I like The Ultimate Backyard," says Paul Knapp, president of Fiberbuilt Umbrellas. "I've come to the Show for years and always came out to the tailgate area, but I had to head back inside to see the outdoor accessories. This area brings everything together in one place." The Ultimate Backyard was sponsored by Adams. OPERATION TINY HOME Operation Tiny Home joined the National Hardware Show family this year to showcase the latest trends in tiny and container home construction and raise awareness about housing instability across the country. Zack Giffin, co-host of "Tiny Home Nation," teamed up with local veterans to teach them valuable woodworking and construction skills as they completed a furniture-making workshop. The furniture was then displayed in a tiny home that attendees could tour outside in Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ. The home was later donated to provide shelter to veterans in need. Success "

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